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Canna paniculata Ruiz & Pav.

  • amambayensis Kraenzl.,
  • Andean,
  • Andean canna,
  • Banana Canna,
  • brasiliensis Bouché,
  • brasiliensis Roscoe ex Spreng.,
  • confusa J.W.Richardson & L.B.Sm.,
  • denudata Roscoe,
  • denudata var. grandis (Horan.) Petersen,
  • denudata var. major Roscoe,
  • excelsa Lodd.,
  • jacquinii Bouché, kunzei Kraenzl.,
  • lanuginosa Roscoe,
  • linkii Bouché,
  • meridensis Kraenzl.,
  • miniata Bouché,
  • musaefolia Année,
  • Musafolia,
  • neglecta Steud.,
  • ottonis (Bouché) Kraenzl.,
  • roscoeana Bouché

HEIGHT Giant, over 3 metres
FORM Drooping
FLOWER Multi-coloured
FLOWERING Good bloomer

Canna paniculata Ruiz & Pav. is a giant species to 5m (16ft) tall; green foliage, sessile or shortly but distinctly petiolate, petiole with pulvinus, lower side of leaves mostly lanuginose; inflorescence often branched; spikes of flowers are erect, scarlet and yellow, staminodes are long and narrow, 6-10cm (2″-4″) long, composed of 6 coloured parts of about equal length; petals not reflexed; staminode one, edges regular, fully self-cleaning, good bloomer, blooms open in the early morning; fertile both ways, self-pollinating and also true to type; rhizomes are thick, up to 7 cm in diameter, coloured white and purple; tillering is prolific.

Native of southern Mexico, Costa Rica, and tropical South America, except for the Amazon Basin, at 200-2,000m (650-6,500ft).